The Most Fascinating Gardens and Parks of Portugal (8 days tour)

Portugal is dry in the south and wet in the north. It has an excellent Roman garden, near Coimbra, and a series of distinctive gardens elsewhere. Many date from the age of greatness when the focus of world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. These gardens are late-renaissance and early-baroque.

Itinerary:

  • DAY 1: Lisbon & Cascais
  •  DAY 2: Lisbon
  •  DAY 3: Lisbon & Sintra
  •  DAY 4: Lisbon / Conimbriga / Coimbra / Buçaco
  •  DAY 5: Buçaco / Vila Real
  •  DAY 6: Vila Real / Penafiel / Vila Real
  •  DAY 7: Vila Real / Pinhão / Peso da Régua / Porto
  •  DAY 8: Porto / Braga / Guimarães / Porto

Description:

DAY 1
• Lisbon tour that includes Saint Jorge’s Castle to admire the views
• Visit to the Tile Museum
• Proceed to Jardim da Ajuda.
• Leaving Belém area, we will drive along the Lisbon coast to Cascais where we visit Casa da Pérgola, an english manor house and its delightful gardens.
• After lunch return to Lisboa through Queluz, a former Royal Palace, built in the 18th century with its formal and informal gardens.
• Accommodation in Lisbon.

DAY 2
• First stop at the gardens and palace Marquês da Fronteira, built in 1670, the only surviving suburban private house and garden from this period, that still retains its features in a very Portuguese style.
• Visit to Jardim Tropical de Lisboa, followed by lunch.
• In the afternoon, tour to the Estufa Fria and Estufa Quente, two greenhouses in the heart of Lisbon.
• Accommodation in Lisbon.

DAY 3
• Visit to Sintra, the mountain resort of royalty, where we will visit the whimsical gardens of Monserrat.
• Lunch in the historical center.
• Visit to Quinta da Regaleira.
• Return to Lisbon by way of Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.
• Accommodation in Lisbon.

DAY 4
• Departure from Lisbon heading north to visit the roman ruins at Conímbriga
• Already in Coimbra, visit to the University Town and its Botanical Gardens.
• A short distance from Coimbra, lies Buçaco Hotel, surrounded by exuberant vegetation that includes subtropical species from all over the world.
• Tonight’s dinner is a culinary delight, featuring the renowned cuisine of the hotel and wine from its wine cellars.
• Accommodation in Buçaco or Luso.

DAY 5
• Today’s journey leads us to the Douro River region, classified World Heritage by Unesco.
• First stop at Vila Real, visit to the Solar de Mateus, a baroque style manour house made famous by the label of Mateus Rose wines.
• Pour wine tasting in a Quinta.
• Overnight in the chosen hotel in Douro area.

DAY 6
• Depart to Penafiel to visit Quinta da Aveleda, with its spectacular gardens.
• Lunch and sample of wines here too.
• Return to Hotel.

DAY 7
• Transfer to Pinhão to take a tradicional boat to cruise on the Douro River to the town of Peso da Régua. During this journey you will enjoy the beautiful vineyards and Quintas that dot the hills of Douro.
• Wine tasting and continuation to Porto to visit the Cristal Palace, a garden set in the heart of the city and the Casa de Serralves, an Art Deco style property, from the 1930s.
• Visit of the Port Wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
• Overnight in Porto.

DAY 8
• Tour of Minho region.
• Stop at one of the most famous shrines in Portugal, The Bom Jesus do Monte, nearby Braga.
• Lunch is recommended at the Hotel do Elevador nearby.
• After journey to the town of Braga, visit to the gardens of Casa dos Biscainhos and the Santa Barbara Gardens.
• On returning to Porto, stop at the Paço de São Cipriano, a private garden in a manor house, located nearby Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal’s first king.

What’s Included:

• Guide / Driver Fees and Expenses (meals & accommodation)
• Pick-Up / Drop-Off at your location in Lisbon
• Transportation in a modern and comfortable vehicle
• Travel Insurances
• Tolls & Parks

What’s Not Included:

• Participants Accommodation
• Meals & Drinks
• Admission Fees

Take a Note:

This is a private tour. There will be nobody else joining the party except if agreed by you. This also means the tour can be customized and adjusted to the participants’ interests at any time.

The default language of the tour is English, but you can choose an additional language from the available options.

FOR YOUR ATTENTION: This tour does not necessarily starts in Lisbon and finishes in Porto. Please let us know your flight plans and we will adjust it accordingly. We will assist you regarding your hotel bookings for the appointed locations.

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